Biography of Robert H. Tunnard
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Tunnard, Robert H., was born in England in 1839, and is a son of John and Ann Tunnard, who came from England and settled in Waterford, N. Y., in May, 1854. His father died in September of the same year, and his mother in 1880. Mr. Turnard received a district school education and started in as an apprentice to learn the machinist trade with J. M. King & Co., of Waterford, N. Y. Later he came to Troy, N. Y., and learned the pipe fitting trade with Louis Southwick, with whom he remained nine years, and in 1871 entered the services of the Rensselaer Iron Works (which is now the Troy Steel Co.), and has been in their employ continuously since. He has charge of the pipe fitting for that concern. He was elected school commissioner in 1883 and reelected in 1886 to the same office; appointed November 17, 1892. to fill vacancy, and afterwards appointed for a term of three years. He has always been a Republican and was a leader in the Ninth ward for years. He has held all of the offices in I. O. O. F. and the A. O. U. W., and has been a trustee of the Troy Cooperative Society since its organization, and was president of same for two years. In 1866 he married Martha Rock of Pownal, Vt., and his children are William H., Hattie A. and Bessie M.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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